Hermes and Artemis

Hermes and Artemis

It must be Greek god and goddess time in sixth grade because our daughter struck up a conversation about Artemis this week.

“Who’s he?” I asked.

“DAD! Artemis is a GIRL!”

“Oh…I knew that.”

“She’s the goddess of the hunt. She set up Orion’s Belt.”

“What was the little trollop doing with a guy’s belt?”

“DAD! They were in love! What’s a trollop?”

“Never mind. Who else do you like.”

“Oh! I like Hermes!”

“She’s a little too excited about this one,” I thought. “She better not say, ‘because he’s got a great’… never mind”

“Why do you like Hermes?”

“Oh! Hermes was the god of thieves because he stole something from his brother when he was a kid. Then he became a messenger. That’s why he has wings on his hat and feet.

“Jeesh,” I thought. “If that were true when I was a kid, I’d be a 747!”

“So he started out as a juvenile delinquent and then grew up working for the post office?” I said. “Well at least she got her act together.”

She rolled her eyes, bestowed a final, “DAD!” on me and danced away as I chuckled.

When I get three animated “DADs!” I’m satisfied and call it quits. My work is done. See ya next week!

Authored by: Michael Malgeri

Michael lives in Redondo Beach with his wonderful wife and their beautiful children, the stars of "On Dad's Watch." He makes a living in the software industry and pursues writing in between fun family events. Along with "On Dad's Watch," Michael believes there's a need to teach young people about the morality and practicality of Capitalism as well as provide them with an alternative perspective on environmental issues. His books on these topics can be found at

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